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Bought the farm

Posted by Cheryl on July 07, 2009 at 12:11

I was looking up the origins of the phrase "bought the farm" I wondered if the phrase came from Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - Where the main characters talk all the way through of buying a farm literally - although metaphorically the farm is possible heaven. With one of the main character dying at the end of the novel whilst being told about the farm in great descriptive detail - I wondered if this is where the phrase could have derived. Does anyone else agree that this could be a possibility?